Mark Zdechlik

Mark Zdechlik appears in the following:

Trump's Rural Support Puts Democratic Bulwark Minnesota In Play

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

The president hopes that what led to victory in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania will extend to Minnesota, where his response to COVID-19 and racial justice protests has support in rural areas.


Challenge To Minnesota Rep. Omar Tops 5 Races To Watch Tuesday

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The first-term progressive has a well-funded challenger. Also Tuesday there are two runoffs in Georgia with controversial conservative candidates.


Trump Hopes To Turn Blue State Minnesota To Red

Thursday, October 10, 2019

President Trump has long eyed Minnesota as a state his campaign can flip in 2020. Though Democrats do not have a candidate yet, they're busy organizing to prevent Trump from taking the state.


Hey, Look What's New At The State Fair: The Federal Reserve

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Beyond animals and fun foods, the Minnesota State Fair has a new attraction this year: the Minneapolis Federal Reserve. It's giving away (shredded) money and information about what the bank does.


Patients Are Turning To GoFundMe To Fill Health Insurance Gaps

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Medical fundraisers account for 1 in 3 of the website's campaigns and bring in more money than any other GoFundMe category. Americans' confidence they can afford health care is slipping, some say.


A House District Republicans Could Flip

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Republicans are fighting an uphill battle to hold onto control of the House, but one seat they could pick up is an area in northern Minnesota, where President Trump won in 2016.


Need Help Picking An ACA Health Plan? Some States Are Reaching Out

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

States aren't getting nearly as much federal money this year to explain and campaign for Affordable Care Act policies. Some are trying to make up the shortfall; others lack the cash or political will.


Health Insurers Try Paying More Up Front To Pay Less Later

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Some businesses are keeping costs down for workers by removing deductibles for supplies needed to manage diabetes and other chronic conditions.


Unfounded Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota's Measles Outbreak

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

State health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened mostly Somali-American children. The vaccination rate is low in this tight community that's worried about autism.


GOP Leaders Urge Return To 'High-Risk Insurance Pools' That Critics Call Costly

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Some Republicans in Congress say they could partly fix the federal health law by again separating people who buy insurance into two categories — sick and healthy. Critics say it won't save money.


Minnesota Moves To Shore Up Health Insurance Market

Monday, February 06, 2017

The Minnesota Legislature passed a bailout to make coverage under the Affordable Care Act more affordable, rejected an option for bare-bones insurance and is floating a state-sponsored public option.


Minnesota's Largest Health Insurer Will Drop Individual Plans

Friday, June 24, 2016

More than 100,000 Minnesotans will need to look for new insurance for 2017. Blue Cross Blue Shield is pulling back from the state's market for individual policies, citing heavy losses.


With Special Tax Suspended, Medical Device Firms Reap Big Savings

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The medical device industry is enjoying a two-year moratorium on a tax that was created to support the Affordable Care Act. Are firms using their savings to create more jobs, as many claim?


Why Critical Illness Insurance Is Gaining Popularity

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Critical care insurance pays out a lump sum for any kind of expense if someone is diagnosed with a serious illness. It's now popular but other kinds of insurance may already cover needed expenses.


Do You Speak Health Insurance? It's Not Easy

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Even savvy consumers stumble over the meaning of coinsurance and other jargon. The misunderstandings can be costly, especially when picking a health plan.


Looming Tax On High-End Health Plans Draws Heavy Fire

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The next fight about the Affordable Care Act unites business leaders, politicians and many unions against leading economists. Will the 2018 tax reduce health costs or just shift the costs to patients?


More Health Plan Choices At Work: What's The Catch?

Monday, July 20, 2015

An Obamacare tax that starts in 2018 may prompt more employers to establish private health insurance exchanges. They'll give their workers cash to choose from a greater variety of plans.